I was talking to my boyfriend the other day about something that hits everyone in their 20s or maybe even in their 30s which is the question of ‘What should I be?’ When I was little, there were those endless possibilities that would change every time you watched a movie or cartoon. “I want to be an actor! I want to go to the olympics!” And the exclamation points keep going without you seriously thinking that one day, this will ACTUALLY be a choice you’ll have to make in order to make a living. We also don’t think about the fact that we will spend A LOT of time doing what we chose earlier.
I have very high-standards that I set up for myself, and I think we all sort of do. It’s funny that we are usually so nice and understanding to others, but when it comes to ourselves, we are like mini Napoleons on battle day. So today I am writing this post to my other self, the one that is bitchy and demanding and wants me to be and do everything well. This is a note for her. The first thing I realized is that you have to accept that you can’t be great at everything. Nobody is. Not even Jennifer Lawrence or Beyonce or Obama or anyone you admire a lot. There is a reason why we are all interconnected in a deep web of services and interactions. It’s because we need each other to do stuff. So stop beating yourself up for not being good like someone else you admire.
You should never feel sad for not being good, you should understand that the world needs you too, just the way you are. I realized this the other day when I was listening to a Lana Del Rey song, I thought ‘Why anyone (myself included) listen to a song that makes them feel sad and nostalgic?’ Well, that’s because they enjoy it and they need it just the same as they need upbeat, happy songs. It turns out that I’m pretty much over at the expectations set for me, for my age, gender. It’s one of those things: you have to accept what you are not in order to move forward, and develop what you are good at.
Any thoughts? - Pati
Lettering from Daily Dishonesty (Check it out if you love lettering!)
Not everything turns out how you have in mind – a little something I learned from this shoot. This is a picture I didn’t end up using for the style post, ha. The real challenge is to make do with what you have and in the end, it’s always surprising to see the results :) Happy weekend! – Pati
photo by Tyler Schappe
This is a little sneak preview of my latest project for blogger/friend Izzy Darby, my favorite vegan cook. I am working on redesigning her blog right now and for this project, I really took on illustration and calligraphy to contribute to the overall easy look-and-feel of her blog. As a result, you always find me with my fingers and elbows dirty of black ink and more often than ever, I catch myself spotting calligraphy crimes on the street. I mean, how could they?!?!
I’ve also been writing with brushes and water color. It’s much less controlled than with a calligraphy pen, but that effect gives the writing a lot of personality. I started doing calligraphy officially with a pen and black ink, after having taken this online course on Skillshare. It’s much easier than it looks and once you start…well, you’ve seen what happened with me. I’m excited to implement handwriting into different projects from now on. - Pati
lettering by Pati Mo
I absolutely loved this quote. I realize that I tend to follow that philosophy of why not a lot when doing something creatively. You gotta risk it. Hope you have a lovely weekend. - Pati
instagram pic by Pati Mo
I called my mom in the U.S. the other day and she told me it started snowing, eek! But it melted right away. It hit me that it is getting colder in the U.S. and it’s time to take advantage of those last minutes of chilly weather before everything starts looking white. Here in Brazil, well winters don’t exist. Here’s on my fall list.
hat / clutch / dress / ring
If you work with something that you can’t yet describe because you don’t know what it is or you make something out of nothing then you have probably dealt with a blank page/screen/recorder/space staring at you while hearing the clock tick. Working with the unknown is a double-edge knife. On one hand, it’s very fun to be able to translate whatever is in your mind into something visible to others. If only you were guaranteed that your creative self will create something brilliant every time. However, it’s doesn’t often happen that way.
For when the blank page seems to be staring at you, don’t panic. I have a personal recipe to share with you that usually works for me. I think the best advice I got was to not panic, that I will think of something. I will design something. It’s just a matter of time (sometimes a very short time).
1) My first step is to write down the ideas that I already had about the project and that aren’t working. In order to think creatively, I have to think different from what I have already written down. Our mind tends to go down the same paths and entryways and if we identify those paths by jotting down our ideas, it’s easier to avoid going down the road and coming up with clone-like ideas.
2) Okay, let’s say the first step didn’t work for you. You keep finding that same corner of your brain that you’ve been before. You keep having the same similar ideas. Well, then I say it’s time to freshen up and surf around the web for inspiration. And I don’t mean exploring around to copy other people’s work. Sometimes looking at different pictures and ideas builds connections in your brain that weren’t previously there. It’s like someone came inside your brain, swept all of your previous ideas, and placed new ideas on the table inviting you to connect the new with the old.
3) After having jotted down your ideas and searched the web, still finding yourself in your room with the blank page getting bigger and bigger? Well, maybe you are overwhelmed with what you have on the table. Too much clutter can take away the focus so try removing elements that you can work with. For example, what often happens with me is working on a layout that can appear anywhere from mobile to print. It’s really hard to make design decisions when you have to take into consideration a bunch of factors different media have. Then, I pick a medium such as print then I create a layout only for print and adapt it later to mobile. You can do more with a lot less.
What are your best ways to cope with creative blocks? My best advice is to use the stress arising from not coming up with an idea into thinking about one. Don’t worry, you will come up with something. - Pati
illustration by Pati Mo
As you have seen before, I am a type aficionado. Lately I have been discovering a lot of new fonts (new to me, I’m sure they have been around forever). And I felt that I must share with you what’s in my fridge of fonts. There’s a lot of craze about hand lettering out there and I agree whole heartedly, however, not everyone has the tools needed or the time to come up with Picasso-y work every day.
With typography, you are putting the beauty of a designer’s hard work to use and it will always work, because the type was just designed that way: to work with any letter combination, any color or texture.
Something I love doing is mixing & matching different types – sans serif with serif, lower case with uppercase. There is no rule of thumb here or minimum number of fonts, you have to use your imagination, try EVERYTHING, and be very picky with the results. Above is a quote I adore and I am going to share with you the fonts I used in creating this.
This is just a couple of my favorites. Over the weeks, I will be sharing with you the fonts I’ve been working with lately. So you can start building your own quotes and expand your type palette.
Avant Garde / Avenir / New Caledonia / Verlag / Edmond Sans
design and photo by Pati Mo